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Humanitarian aid logistics: a Cardiff University research perspective on cases, structures and prospects

Beresford, Anthony ORCID: and Pettit, Stephen ORCID: 2021. Humanitarian aid logistics: a Cardiff University research perspective on cases, structures and prospects. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management 11 (4) , pp. 623-638. 10.1108/JHLSCM-06-2021-0052

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Purpose: This paper provides a contextualised review of research in the area of humanitarian and emergency relief logistics, providing insights with particular emphasis on lessons learned. The paper tracks the evolution of research against the development of partner networks and key global events; information was collated and assimilated from cross-cutting themes such as disaster preparedness, emergency response structures and the transferability of commercial-world concepts and principles (such as sustainability) into volatile and fragile environments. It concludes by suggesting possible future challenges which could steer humanitarian response on the ground and will influence the path of academic research going forward. Design/methodology/approach: The paper provides a general review of work undertaken in the area of Humanitarian Logistics. Use is made of vignettes of case studies in order to provide focus to the discussion and to highlight key issues that emerged from the research reviewed. Findings: The findings show that there are several new areas of research which will need to be addressed in the humanitarian logistics arena. The discussion demonstrates that research into crisis response is arguably even more important today than it has been previously. Research therefore likely needs to be expanded considerably over the next decade and beyond. Originality/value: This paper contextualises and synthesises past research into humanitarian logistics responses, highlights key themes and suggests areas for further research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2042-6747
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 9 July 2021
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:30

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